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  • Your Life: Parents should look for warning signs with teenagers

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    Charlotte Lankard: Too often warning signs go unheeded and are chalked up to “just being a teenager.” As a new school year begins, wise parents will want to be alert to potential problems.

  • Charlotte Lankford: Thankful for rainy days

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    A couple weeks ago we were blessed with a torrential downpour of rain. Betty Jo Brooks, 85, sat by a window watching and listening to the rain — and creating poetry.

  • Look for signs of PTSD following traumatic event

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common in folks who are abused in childhood, live with domestic violence, victims of rape or any kind of experience where you feel your life is in danger.

  • Wrong turns are OK

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Columnist Charlotte Lankard writes that all of us can recall times when we made a mess or took a wrong turn — and those persons who were there to help us clean it up and start over.

  • Charlotte Lankard: Developing patience requires time out

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    What if patience is not a feeling but instead a way of behaving when what you are feeling is anxious, hurried, late, helpless, insecure, afraid, left out?

  • Your Life: Journey to 'wherever' ends in courage, energy

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Charlotte Lankard: Cirque Du Soleil leaves spectators with a sense of inspiration.

  • Charlotte Lankard: Looking at aging with fresh eyes

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    If your summer plans involve conversations with senior adults, you might want to borrow some questions from Cynthia Brown, who teaches a class on psychology/sociology of aging at Oklahoma City Community College.

  • 'Sunny Day Rule' is great for kids in summer

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    If the sun was shining, one father made a rule that the television stayed off for the day.

  • Charlotte Lankard: Being 'old' is OK

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Senior adult readers tell of full, enriching lives.

  • Your Life: Count the gifts, not errors, from your father

    By Charlotte Lankard | Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Charlotte Lankard: My father was not a hands-on, doting father. He assumed a role typical of the generation in which he was raised — the head of the house and the breadwinner. My Dad was also the maker of the rules — a Southern Baptist preacher with a set of beliefs that left no room for discussion.

  • Charlotte Lankard: Being a Thunder fan can lead to PTSD — Post Thunder Stress Disorder

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    “Thunder pathology” can result in excess anxiety, loss of sleep and nightmares about strangers named Dirk, CP3 and Birdman.

  • Your Life: What can we learn from mistakes we've made

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    Charlotte Lankard: Who among us has not at some time said or done something we regret and would give anything if we could take it back? The only way to move past that kind of regret is to learn from it.

  • Cherishing memories keeps them alive

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    Memorial Day is next week — and is set aside as a time to remember. A time to remember our soldiers killed in battle. A time to remember others we love who have died.

  • Charlotte Lankard: Mending something broken often makes it stronger

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 13, 2014

    To our surprise we often discover when something has been mended, it may be stronger than before.

  • Mothers often enter parenthood with little preparation

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, May 6, 2014

    Columnist Charlotte Lankard writes that mothers, “being the sensitive creatures we are, typically spend time reflecting about whether or not we were good mothers. If we are honest, we believe we did some things well but we also know we made our share of mistakes.”

  • Charlotte Lankard: Do's and don'ts for divorcing parents

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD | Updated: Mon, Apr 28, 2014

    Former executive director of the nonprofit Calm Waters in Oklahoma City gives advice on how divorcing parents should handle their children.

  • Quiet places renew the spirit

    By CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Those who give much to others need a place of restoration.

  • Lankard: Message of spring — Don't give up

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The message of springtime is: Don't give up. A new season is on its way.

  • Charlotte Lankard: His name is Jacob — Birthday wishes for a new teen

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    For his 13th birthday, an Oklahoma grandmother wishes her grandson a life of balance.

  • Never miss a good chance to shut up

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Listening means stop talking, strive to understand, observe body language, don’t interrupt, and forgo planning what you want to say in return. Just listen.